President Muhammadu Buhari will not attend the upcoming presidential debate to hold on January 19, 2019, as disclosed on thursday, by the Senate president Bukola Saraki.
The Presidential debate was scheduled to have opposition parties and their candidates to connect with millions of Nigerians and tell them why they should not vote the other candidates.
It now appears PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will have to do it alone.
“I am told that one has debated and you already know the answer to that debate. On the second one, I am very sure he is not going to debate. So how do you assess somebody who is not ready to tell you what he is going to do?
Any leader should be able to come forward and tell his people what he wants to do for them, Saraki said while speaking at an event where Atiku was supposed to address some Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and maybe react to the president’s boycotting of the debate.
“Those days are gone, my good people. The future of this country, a country that leads the continent that is not the example we want to set for this continent.
“The whole world is going in a direction, if you are seeking a position, you must come and tell people what you want to do, you must sit down and they will ask you questions and that is why we are here.
“Today is your day, we will sit down and take questions. I hope at the end of this exercise, you will stand up and say yes, this is the team that will secure Nigeria; this is the team that will unite Nigeria; this is the team that will fight the poverty in town and bring a bright future”.
This is happening right when there are still some citizens of Nigeria questioning the identity of the current president. For Many that had hoped the presidential debate would put all that rumor to rest have to remain hopeful.